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President Duterte to NPA: Don’t occupy gov’t, private properties

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently reminded the New People’s Army (NPA) not to occupy government and private properties forcibly.

The President expressed this as he led the distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to farmers in Northern Mindanao.

“Do not confiscate or seize or occupy the lands that are already owned. Don’t do that. Don’t steal lands that already have tenants,” he warned.

President Duterte said he would give the lands to the rightful beneficiaries in due time, adding there was no need for forcible occupation of such properties. “Just wait because I can’t speed things up,” he said.

The Chief Executive also asked Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones to make the vacant lands available and ready for land reform.

“Let’s talk. I’ll give you land. What will I do with those anyway? It’s not mine. I told Secretary [Castriciones] to distribute government-owned lands tomorrow…the lands that weren’t included as reservation for schools,” he said.

He also ordered the military and police to arrest the communist groups and their allied groups and bring them to the police station if they resist the arrest orders violently.

Meanwhile, the President handed over a total of 2,331 CLOAs, covering at least 5,808.0712 hectares of agricultural lands, and distributed to more than 3,000 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Northern Mindanao.